Dark Duomo

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Mark Twain said the following of the Duomo in Milan in his work, Innocents Abroad:

What a wonder it is! So grand, so solemn, so vast! And yet so delicate, so airy, so graceful! A very world of solid weight, and yet it seems ...a delusion of frostwork that might vanish with a breath!...The central one of its five great doors is bordered with a bas-relief of birds and fruits and beasts and insects, which have been so ingeniously carved out of the marble that they seem like living creatures-- and the figures are so numerous and the design so complex, that one might study it a week without exhausting its interest...everywhere that a niche or a perch can be found about the enormous building, from summit to base, there is a marble statue, and every statue is a study in itself...Away above, on the lofty roof, rank on rank of carved and fretted spires spring high in the air, and through their rich tracery one sees the sky beyond. ...(Up on) the roof...springing from its broad marble flagstones, were the long files of spires, looking very tall close at hand, but diminishing in the distance...We could see, now, that the statue on the top of each was the size of a large man, though they all looked like dolls from the street... They say that the Cathedral of Milan is second only to St. Peter's at Rome. I cannot understand how it can be second to anything made by human hands.

from my daily photo blog at www.stuckincustoms.com

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  1. murtphillips 73 months ago | reply

    Great angle and perspective. I love this photo.

    What do you think of this one

  2. hgfjydi75erolc [deleted] 71 months ago | reply

    forte! :-)

  3. artland 67 months ago | reply

    wonderfulllllllllllllllll !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  4. Louise Lindsay 67 months ago | reply

    wow- dramatic-- eerie
    congrats on Explore

  5. ~Lila~ [deleted] 66 months ago | reply

    Beautiful work!

  6. الأميـــــر المجهـول [deleted] 62 months ago | reply

    perfect one

  7. artland 62 months ago | reply

    Hi, I'm an admin for a group called artland, and we'd love to have this added to the group!

  8. raffaele rossiello 61 months ago | reply

    Grande Milano, grande scatto, Great PP.

  9. emma1emma2 60 months ago | reply

    This photo is incredible, and makes me wish i still lived in MIlan!

  10. Ambrosiana Pictures Gold 59 months ago | reply

    From Milan Italy

    ITA - Bello Scatto, Complimenti !
    ENG - Very Nice Shot !
    FRA - La Photo est très belle !
    GER - Das Foto ist Sehr Schön !
    ESP - La Foto es Muy Bonita !

  11. M1254 58 months ago | reply

    What a great photo. It showed up on my home page today.
    This morning I was watching a tv show in the u.s. called
    Smart Travels with Rudy Maxa. He was in Milan and Lake Como region and part of the show was this beautiful cathedral.
    I remember thinking this morning, "I need to go on Flickr and see
    if I can find some photos of this beautiful creature." And here it is.
    Thank you. I'm going now to see if I can find some more.

  12. DolyCrap's [deleted] 53 months ago | reply

    waou blufant très joli retouche!

  13. Gregory Heath 53 months ago | reply

    Foreboding ! Don't know why but this reminds me of the castle in the Harry Potter movie.

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  15. P.R.F 49 months ago | reply

    Excellente Shot!!!

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  17. Cat baby 21 months ago | reply

    Wow! Amazing。

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